Workshops and Intensives

A Weekend of Ashtanga - Nacogdoches, TX - November 3 - 5, 2017 - INFORMATION

11.03.2017

 

Half Primary

5:00am – 7:00am

Led class of abridged version of Ashtanga’s Primary Series. This practice is taught with traditional vinyasa count as it sets the pace for dynamic, energetic practice. In led classes, we learn about “cleaning up” our Mysore practice. It combines deep, audible breathing (ujjayi), bandhas (internal energy locks) and drishti (visual focal points) in specific sequences of asanas linked by breath. This is a challenging and evenly-paced class that is great for all levels./


11.04.2017

 

Mysore Style

6:00am – 8:00am

The Ashtanga Yoga method is built around the ‘Mysore Style’ class, so named because yoga was taught this way by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India, and continues to be taught this way in traditional Ashtanga Yoga schools around the world. In Mysore Class, the student is taught a sequence of postures through one-on-one instruction. The correct movements, breathing, and other aspects of the practice are learned gradually, in a step-by-step process accessible to anyone. This method allows each student time to practice and memorize what they have learned before adding more. Students are able to practice independently and at their own pace while surrounded by the energy and inspiration of other students in the room. The teacher is able to work with each student individually.

 

Three Pillars of Practice -Breath, Posture (bandhas), Dristi

1:00pm – 3:30pm

The Ashtanga method revolves around the tristana method, which is breath, posture (bandhas), and dristi. These 3 key elements are the 3 pillars of which a strong, graceful practice is built upon. Without a solid foundation in place, it will be challenging to appreciate the deeper teachings of this practice. Bandhas simultaneously affect the physical, pranic, mental, psychic and causal bodies. Regulating the breathing stabilizes the mind and makes it firm, which in turns directs the mind towards the “Inner Self”. Drist directs the mind from the external to the internal, both practical and spiritual. a practical reason to gaze at one point instead of letting our eyes bounce around the room is to help us perform the asana safely and effectively. The root word implies that the act of seeing includes the light of spiritual understanding. It becomes more than just a tool for balance and alignment, it is the gateway into the spiritual aspect of the practice.


11.05.2017

 

Mysore Style

6:00am – 8:00am

The Ashtanga Yoga method is built around the ‘Mysore Style’ class, so named because yoga was taught this way by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India, and continues to be taught this way in traditional Ashtanga Yoga schools around the world. In Mysore Class, the student is taught a sequence of postures through one-on-one instruction. The correct movements, breathing, and other aspects of the practice are learned gradually, in a step-by-step process accessible to anyone. This method allows each student time to practice and memorize what they have learned before adding more. Students are able to practice independently and at their own pace while surrounded by the energy and inspiration of other students in the room. The teacher is able to work with each student individually.

 

Backbends are Awesome!

1:00pm – 3:30pm

The term “back bending” is often misleading as there are so many different components of the body that are working, not just the “back or spine.” A precise back bending practice is challenging because a heightened sense of bodily awareness is required to access the appropriate muscle groups to work efficiently in backbends. In this workshop, we’ll spend some time exploring the anatomy of the spine and its main function in back bending. Reframing the conversation in our “heads and bodies” by creating a healthy imprint. Develop more awareness around our shoulders and hips which are key to a “feel good” backbend. We’ll touch on postures throughout the Primary Series that are the building blocks to understanding how to approach your backbends with a good attitude.


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A Weekend of Ashtanga - Nacogdoches, TX - March 26-27, 2017 - INFORMATION

Sunday. 03.26.2017

Led 1/2 Primary 8:00 – 10:00am
Based in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, this class emphasizes on the Tristana method of breath, bandhas and dristi. This class moves at a slower pace, which allows for more instruction on some of the advanced poses. As we move through the series, you will be encouraged to adapt and use modifications where you see fit for your practice. Half Primary is great for those who are working towards Full Primary, wanting to explore the practice, build strength and increase flexibility. If you have an existing practice then being guided through will help you to clean up in areas where you might be spending too much time as well as fine-tune your alignment. Open to all levels and every kind of practitioner.

Transitions in Vinyasa (jump through to the jump back) 1:00 – 3:30pm
To transition means to move or connect one idea to the next. Let’s be honest with ourselves, we all want that sensation of ‘lightness” when we’re doing yoga. In this case, we will be looking at the movements in a vinyasa practice that weave postures together.Transitions show us the relationship between the foundation of an asana and all the ideas that support it. They help us to gauge the progression of our practice when we are flowing in a vinyasa class, from basic to challenging, by the fluidity and grace of our actions. We’ll break down the jump back to chaturanga in the 3rd and 4th vinyasa of Sun Salutations as well as the jump forward from down dog back to standing. This will help you to understand the underlying components of the jump back, jump through transitions of seated postures and how the backbone is based on a series of 3 main postures from Sun Salutation A. We’ll also explore some other transitional postures and work on techniques to assist you in developing healthy movement patterns. Let’s get lifted!

Sunday. 03.26.2017

Led 1/2 Primary 8:00 – 10:00am

Based in traditional Ashtanga Yoga, this class emphasizes on the Tristana method of breath, bandhas and dristi. This class moves at a slower pace, which allows for more instruction on some of the advanced poses. As we move through the series, you will be encouraged to adapt and use modifications where you see fit for your practice. Half Primary is great for those who are working towards Full Primary, wanting to explore the practice, build strength and increase flexibility. If you have an existing practice then being guided through will help you to clean up in areas where you might be spending too much time as well as fine-tune your alignment. Open to all levels and every kind of practitioner.

Spiral and Bind, Bind and Spiral 1:00 – 3:30pm
Did you know that revolved/twisting postures improve the strength and flexibility of your spine? Yoga practice asks us to manipulate our joints in the fullest range of motion. It also asks us to move our bodies in ways that may seem challenging, if not impossible. Spiraling twists and binds are some of the more common poses that students struggle with. In this workshop, we will explore the functionality of the shoulder girdle and muscle actions, the different sections of the spine and limitations. Then apply what we learn to asana such as utthita trikonasana, parvritta parsvakonasna, ardha baddha padmottanasana, maricasana a-b-c-d, pasasana.

  • Place: MGY2, 409 East Main St
  • Date: Saturday, 03.25 & Sunday, 03.26.2017
  • Instructor: Jade Skinner
  • Cost: $35 per Led 1/2 Primary
    $45 per Afternoon Workshop
    $145 Entire Weekend (BEST DEAL!)

Ashtanga Intensive (Anatomy & Adjustments) Pyrenees, France - 2017 - INFORMATION

Ashtanga Intensive (Anatomy & Adjustments) Pyrenees, France

 

June 26-30, 2017
$875 USD/ €
(non-refundable deposit of $400 due by April 1, 2017)


Learning Anatomy plays an important part in understanding yoga practice. Energy moves throughout the body in so many different ways. It also gets stuck in areas that have been dormant, stressed, or have experienced trauma. An adjustment creates change in the body-mind which promotes growth. It is important to recognize that each body is different. Like energy adjustments vary in states such as physical, energetic, breath-like, and mental. So we want safe, intelligent, healthy adjustments for a sustainable practice. This intensive is structured to teach you about the different sections of the body so you know how to apply the proper adjustment that is adaptable for the practitioner.

The intensive is held in Val d’Zun (City of Light) in the South of France. The lovely Pyrénées mountain range provides a beautiful scenic back drop. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the epic hiking that in right at your fingertips! Site location has sleeping accommodations.

For arrangements please email me jade@jadeashtanga.com

Location details will be emailed to registered participants

 


Details:

Monday

  • 8:00-10:00 Mysore Practice
  • 10:00-11:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00-16:00 Anatomy of the Spine

Tuesday

  • 8:00-10:00 Mysore Practice
  • 10:00-12:00 Lunch break
  • 12:00-14:00 Anatomy of the Pelvic Girdle
  • 14:00-17:00 Adjustments of Standing Asanas

Wednesday

  • 8:00-10:00 Mysore Practice
  • 10:00-12:00 Lunch break
  • 12:00-14:00 Anatomy of Shoulder Girdle
  • 14:00-17:00 Adjustments of Seated Asanas

Thursday

  • 8:00-10:00 Mysore Practice
  • 10:00-12:00 Lunch break
  • 12:00-14:00 Anatomy review
  • 14:00-17:00 Adjustments review

Friday

  • 8:00-10:00 Mysore Practice
  • 10:00-12:00 Q & A
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